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Elyse Ellis

University of Vermont

Higher Education and Student Affairs



Elyse (she/her) is a first-year master's student in Higher Education & Student Affairs at the University of Vermont. She serves as the graduate assistant at the campus Prism Center. Elyse's thirst for diversity and equity emboldens her passion for Black students and Queer/Trans Black students especially. As an undergraduate, she was active with her campus organization Association of Black Collegians (ABC), which gained local notoriety for challenging the administration's attitude around campus climate and its hostility towards BIPOC students during COVID-19. She also co-founded and served as president of the Queers of Color Collective (QoCC), the first campus initiative focused on the needs of QTBIPOC students, culminating in hosting a Queer Style Ball on campus, celebrating queer Black culture and history. As an AmeriCorps alumni, when she isn't trying to help save the world, she likes to cook culinary grade meals (she's professionally trained), read YA books (yes at her big age), and listen to music (always feel free to let her know what you're listening to!) She is never seen without a beverage or three in her vicinity, or studying the stars.

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